Madison.com reported that Walker informed legislative leaders last week when he would deliver the annual address, which will provide a glimpse into Walker’s plans for the second half of his four-year term.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Walker pledged to cut Wisconsin income taxes in the budget he signs this summer. That budget will be presented in February.
Taking over a state facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Walker has achieved much of his aggressive agenda to fix it, most notably Act 10. Results are, not surprisingly, based on who you ask and what statistics you employ.
Walker’s office says the state has a $341 million surplus, according to a press release sent last week. The Department of Administration pegged the surplus next June at $283 million, according to an Associated Press article. Democratic leaders said the numbers were “full of holes” but did not specify what they were.
Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.1 percent in November 2011 to 6.7 percent a year later, according to the state Department of Workforce Development. The state between June 2011 and June 2012, yet that ranked 42nd among the 50 states.
The governor’s administration also has the distraction of the John Doe investigation that has led to charges against six aides and associates of the governor. Walker told the Journal Sentinel he expected the investigation was closing soon, and that it was not taking away from his work.